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Sheikh Hasina urges China, Russia, India, Japan to play major role in solving Rohingya crisis

Sheikh Hasina urges China, Russia, India, Japan to play major role in solving Rohingya crisis

| @indiablooms | 30 Apr 2018, 05:23 pm

Dhaka, Apr 30 (IBNS): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said she is expecting countries like India,China, Russia and Japan to play a major role in solving the Rohingya crisis.

"We expect China, Russia, India and Japan to play a major role in resolving the crisis," she was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.

As per the newspaper report,  the Prime Minister said this while the visiting United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation, led by its President Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, met Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.

Hasina urged the international community to keep mounting pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingya people who have escaped to Bangladesh.

"Myanmar should act in accordance with the agreement they have signed with Bangladesh (regarding the repatriation of the Rohingyas)," she was quoted as saying.

"The international community should keep up pressure on the Myanmar government in this regard," she said.

Meanwhile, the arrival of pre-monsoon rains in southern Bangladesh has revealed an alarming level of risks for Rohingya refugees, United Nations humanitarian agencies said recently, warning that they do not  have the funds needed to protect hundreds of thousands of desperate people once the rainy season begins in earnest.

“The arrival of the rains marks the start of what is going to be an incredibly challenging period for the refugees and those working to support them,” said John McCue, an official at the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM), in Cox’s Bazar, where more than 700,000 refugees are living in overcrowded camps.

“The worst is yet to come when cyclone and monsoon seasons hit in the coming weeks.”

UN agencies and their partners have some heavy machinery and road clearing equipment with more are expected to arrive. But humanitarian workers are facing severe shortage when it comes to other vital resources.

To date, just seven per cent of the UN migration agency’s $182 million appeal for 2018 has been secured.

“The grim reality is that most [refugees] are living under tarpaulins on highly unstable ground and are going to have to survive months of rain, floods, landslides and possible cyclones. They are in desperate need of support and protection and we simply do not have the funding we need to deliver a fraction of what is required,” said McCue.

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